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Should We Care That Netflix Knows Everything About Our Viewing Habits?

A tweet from Netflix poking fun at the 53 users they said watched "A Christmas Prince" every day for the past 18 days "went viral," as the kids say, and provoked questions about just how much data Netflix has stockpiled about our binge-watching, and who has access to it.

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Your Regular Reminder That Hacking Nude Photos Is a Crime, This Time Courtesy of Kristen Stewart

I'm starting to get really tired of the victim-blaming surrounding the leaking of celebrity nude photos. As if a person having a certain profession gives people license to steal their private property, digital or not, and that by very virtue of their existence as a famous (usually female) person, they're "asking for it." Apparently, Kristen Stewart is getting tired of it, too.

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The TSA’s New Searches Are So Creepily Invasive, They Expect Sexual Assault Claims

How is this okay?

New TSA rules will allow airport screeners to get horrifyingly close to your person. The permitted touching is so egregious that the TSA is warning its officers and local cops to expect sexual assault claims. Um, what?

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Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers Formally Charged for Snapchatting Body-Shaming Photo From Gym

Earlier this Fall, we heard the horrible story of a Playboy Playmate named Dani Mathers who, when in the locker room of an L.A. Fitness gym felt it necessary to take a body-shaming photo of an unsuspecting older woman then post it to Snapchat to make fun of her. Now, Mathers has been formally charged.

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Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers Faces Jail Time After Snapchatting Photo of Woman Changing at a Gym

You may remember a story from a couple of months ago about Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers taking an invasive body-shaming photo of a woman changing in the women's locker room of a Los Angeles gym. She could now face jail time.

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Inevitably, WhatsApp Is Starting to Share Some User Data With Facebook, but You Can (Partially) Opt Out

WhatsApp has a thing for privacy. The contents of the messages you send to other users on the chat platform are encrypted end-to-end, meaning they can't be read by anyone who intercepts them—even WhatsApp. However, they do know things about you and your messages that aren't directly related to the specific words you typed, and they're going to let Facebook in on that data.

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Edward Snowden Is Working on Phone Case That Will Alert You If You’re Being Spied On

Please call it "The Whistleblower." Please.

For the paranoid, there's already some tech out there that will allow you to completely shut off your phone from the outside world and go off the grid, but you're going to have to go back on eventually—otherwise why do you have a phone, you maniac? That's why Edward Snowden is working on a phone case that will warn you if your phone is colluding with the enemy/the government/anyone.

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Update for Pokémon Go Adjusts Account Permissions, No Longer Requires Full Access

I'd call them bug fixes but that makes my Caterpie nervous.

In an update released today for the iOS version of Pokémon Go, Niantic has changed the permissions requests, and the game now only asks to view your basic data and your e-mail address.

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Privacy Rights for the Deceased: Do You Want Your Family To Unlock Your Phone When You Die?

If you want your family to be able to unlock your iPhone when you die, you should probably tell someone the password now, because Apple probably won't.

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Apple’s Encryption Battle Poses Unique Concerns for LGBTQIA Folks

Apple's ongoing dispute with the FBI over whether to develop a key that would allow free reign on guessing a locked iPhone password has inspired some compelling arguments from both sides. Here's another point in Apple's favor: encryption keeps LGBTQIA communities safe all over the world.

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Researchers May Have Figured Out Banksy’s Identity — But Should They Have?

Geographic profiling is generally used in criminal investigations. However, a group of researchers at Queen Mary University of London have used this type of profiling to identify the world's most mysterious artist.

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Woman Turns the Tables, Films Man Who Creepishly Filmed Her and Other Women

"You don't like being filmed without your permission?"

In the video, the man keeps trying to avoid her, first denying his actions and then proclaiming "Why do you think I would need your permission?" She exclaims "Oh, am I making you uncomfortable? You don't like being filmed without your permission? Because that's what you were doing" and even points out his wedding ring.

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Miss America Organization Finally Apologizes for Slut-Shaming Vanessa Williams

It only took over 30 years, but who's counting?

Back in 1983, Vanessa Williams - whom you know from all over film and television - was the first black woman to be crowned Miss America. However, she was pressured to give up her title and ultimately resigned her crown with six weeks left on her reign due to a nude photo "scandal" that was completely out of her control. The Miss America organization has finally apologized for that.

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Today in Internet (Lack of) Privacy: Ashley Madison Hackers Release Personal Client Information

So, punish a company for not protecting its clients by...punishing its clients?

Impact Team hacked Ashley Madison in order to protest unethical business practices, and now may have released 10GB of information - the personal information of over 36 million users worldwide - onto the Dark Net.

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Kristen Stewart Responds to the Public Determination to Out Her: ”Google me, I’m Not Hiding”

Kristen Stewart has made a habit of flipping the bird to tabloid reporters ever since she first began to hit the big time; it's no secret that she prefers her privacy, and that she'd rather avoid public scrutiny altogether. So it should come as no surprise that she has delayed responding to the long-standing rumors about her sexuality for as long as possible, but in a recent Nylon interview, she finally offered a flippant answer: "Google me. I'm not hiding."

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Ohio Says You Have No Right to Privacy on Butt-Dialed Calls


You know what they say - with every new advance comes a whole new set of problems. Thanks, cell phones/smartphones! In Ohio recently, the federal appeals court ruled that if you butt dial someone, and the party you accidentally called eavesdrops on a conversation you're having, that isn't an infringement of your privacy, since you placed the call.

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Reddit Privacy Policy Update Requires Consent to Post Nude Images

Hooray! The bare minimum of human decency is now policy!

For those of you who thought you'd never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Reddit, the site is taking baby steps in a better direction: an update to their privacy policy bans the sharing of nude or sexually explicit images without the subject's consent.

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Hello, 1984: Samsung Is Literally Warning Customers That Their TVs Listen in on Personal Conversations

You're about 30 years late, Samsung.

It's 2015! Hoverboards? Flying cars? No, but we've got telescreens. Yay?

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What We Know About The Supposed “Snappening” Snapchat Hack

Short version: not much, but it still really sucks. I mean, did Jennifer Lawrence's heartfelt words about violating personal property teach the Internet nothing?

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Facebook in Early Development on Implementing Health Care Support Groups and Preventative Care Apps

Better or worse than asking your Twitter followers for medical advice?

Death panels? Not real. But Facebook reminding you that it's been two years since you got a basic physical? ...Maybe?

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